ionization or ionizing

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ionization or ionizing [(eye-uh-nuh-zay-shuhn; eye- uh-neye-zing)]

Creating an ion by changing the number of electrons in an atom.

Note: Certain kinds of radiation, such as x-rays, ionize atoms.
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